French Terms Related to Mardi Gras

French Terms Related to Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "Fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French. It is celebrated all around the world.

Les Dates de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Dates)

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter (le Pâques) - that is, sometime between February 3 and March 9. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent (le carême), which begins on Ash Wednesday (le mercredi des Cendres). The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans (la Nouvelle-Orléans), but many cities in Europe and the Americas also put on spectacular events.

Les Couleurs de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Colors)

Mardi Gras has three official colors:
le violet purple (justice)
l'or gold (power)
le vert green (faith)

Les Traditions de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Traditions)

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated with a parade led by a captain, during which trinkets, or "throws," are tossed to the crowd. The parade is followed by a costume ball presided over by a king and queen.

Le Vocabulaire de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Vocabulary)

une babiole trinket
un bal masqué costume ball
un bijou jewel
le capitaine captain
un char float
un collier necklace
un costume costume
le courir Mardi gras run
une couronne crown
un défilé parade
un déguisement disguise
un doublon doubloon
une effigie effigy
un feu de joie bonfire
un flambeau torch
la foule crowd
un krewe krewe (Mardi gras organizer)
un mardi gras a person who really gets into celebrating Mardi gras
le masque mask (make a Mardi gras mask)
une paillette sequin
une perle bead
la plume feather
la reine queen
le roi king
French expressions with mardi gras

Le Slogan de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Slogan)

Mardi Gras' slogan is "Let the good times roll," which is translated literally into French as "Laissez les bons temps rouler".

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